Special Events

All programs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless noted. $3.50 per person, children 12 and under free, members free unless noted (Artillery School, June CT Open House Day, June 25 and children's programs excluded).

Saturday, May 6—Samuel's Hearty, New England Breakfast

A hearty breakfast fit for young Samuel Huntington and his hard working family will be cooked over the fire beginning at 11 a.m. This 1750s meal has English influence; collops and Egg Pie are on the menu. Children are invited to help set the table or do other old kitchen chores. Tours available.

Saturday, May 13—Artillery School, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Return to the 1700s!)

Observe Revolutionary War era artillery training school troops in actual training. Tactical demonstrations, field maneuver instruction, and cannon and equipment inspection presented by the United Train of Artillery. The public is encouraged to watch and learn from this authentic training. 18th century style artisans will be set up for demonstrations throughout and a hearth cooking program takes place inside the Homestead. $6 per person, $4 students and seniors, $12 per family.

Saturday, May 13—Dinner in the Home of Revolutionary War Activists (begins at 11 a.m)

Inside the colonial homestead of a family who supports the rebellion finds them preparing for their nooning. With the sounds and odor of cannon and gunfire around them, Pease Porridge may be cold, not hot this day but a Molasses Pie will bake in the hot coals. The Huntington children may need to stand behind the adults to eat which children sometimes did. Visiting kids can help with some early American food prep. Tours available.

Sunday, May 14—Artillery School, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Return to the 1700s!)

Observe Revolutionary War era artillery training school troops in actual training. Tactical demonstrations, field maneuver instruction, and cannon and equipment inspection presented by The United Train of Artillery. The public is encouraged to watch and learn from this authentic training. $6 per person, $4 students and seniors, $12 per family.

Saturday, May 20—Open House Tours, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Saturday, June 3—Colonial Homestead Landscape Tour (for National Trails Day), 10 a.m.

We will walk the old farm property originally of approximately 300 plus acres. The land was given to Samuel Huntington's father, Nathaniel, from his father, Joseph, who initially acquired it from Joshua, the son of Uncas and chief of the Mohegan tribe. Also learn about the W3R, Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary War Route (Route 14). Free.

Let Us Heal Our Ill and Injured, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

18th century medicine was all natural and stemmed from Ancient Greek belief of the four humors. Experience a taste of what life must have been like to be ill in Samuel's time. Several "Huntington family" members will be treated and possibly even cured this day according to period advice books. Remedies will be made before the fire and visiting children can help tend the feeble and sickly. Tours available. Also, antique sale inside the Homestead today.

Saturday, June 10—A Colonial Dinner for Our Future Governor (also CT Open House Day)

The meadows, wood, and Merrick Brook surrounding The Huntingtons were abundant with wildlife. Wild fowl will roast from twine; a quail pie warms near the fire. "The Huntingtons" sit down in the Year 1748 to their hearth cooked meal and "Madam Huntington" discusses dressing a wild duck including all the fixings an 18th century family enjoyed. Children can make a special early CT wildlife booklet. Tours available. Reduced admission.

Saturday, June 17—Open House Tours, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sunday, June 25—The Third Society of Windham Commemoration

In observance of Windham's 325th anniversary as a town, Pastor Paul Doyle of Scotland Congregational Church will conduct a church service at 10 a.m. open to the public on the grounds of Huntington Homestead. In the past, traditional church services were held at the homestead for several years beginning in 1735. "Mistress Huntington" cooks in the old kitchen this morning, tours are available beginning at 11 a.m., and the Scotland Farmers Market will be set up on this special day, too, ready for business (pending). Good faith donations accepted.

Saturday, July 1—The American Experiment Celebration!

Please join us to celebrate the American experiment with a party for one of Connecticut's four Signers, Samuel Huntington! A visitor participation reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 1 p.m. An Election Cake will bake in the Bake Kettle while lemons are squeezed for lemonade. "Mehetabel Huntington" also demonstrates how apricot ice cream was made before wooden hand cranked ice cream makers. Visiting children can help stone apricots or make lemonade. Free samples of Independence Cake. Tours available.

Saturday, July 15—Getting to Know Major General Jedediah Huntington, Samuel's Illustrious Family Member, 1 p.m.

Damien Crageau, First Vice President of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and local historian residing in Jedediah's old home in Norwichtown, will present a program on that illustrious Huntington. He will take us from his early education to his days with The Sons of Liberty and his marriage into the Trumbull family. Jedediah was quite a patriot during our Revolution reaching the rank of General. Enjoy hearth popped corn while Mr. Crageau brings you back to this tumultuous period of time.

Saturday, August 5—Samuel's 1745 Supper

In the year that Samuel Huntington is fourteen-years-old, "The Huntington family" sits down for their last meal of their long day. Standard country fare for the rural Third society of Windham was very different from our last meal in today's world. Visiting children can help set the table, pour the cyder or help with some other lean-to chores. Hearth cooking begins at 11 a.m. Tours available.

Saturday, August 19—Open House Tours, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Saturday, September 2—18th Century Ironing Day

The sights and smells of a working 1760s lean-to kitchen include heavy, cast iron flat irons warming on trivets over hot coals. Ironing was a chore usually done on a Saturday when other chores requiring steady fires were also undertaken. Visiting children can try their hand at it. Tours available.

Saturday, September 16—Presidential Scarecrow Day

Create your favorite past President of the United States recognizable in the form of a scarecrow. We want to "remember the ladies" this year so are also looking for favorite past First Lady scarecrows! All entries in by 12. Voting is from 12–2 p.m.. Ballots will be cast in our olden day ballot box. Women and children can vote! 1st prize is a scrumptious early American pie made by "Mehetabel Huntington."

Sunday, September 17—A Special Children's Program, 1–2:30 p.m.

Let's sit around the trestle table and pop corn, enjoy cyder, and and read some short stories about childhoods of famous early Americans. Children can draw a picture of what they "see" in their heads from the short readings. Ages 6–10, preregister by Sept. 10 to Tina (860) 377-3252. $7 per child, members $5. Limit 8. (Kitchen fundraiser.)

Saturday, October 7—Let There Be Light!

Colonial families made enough candles in one day to last all year long. From 11 a.m.–1 p.m. "Mistress Huntington" will talk about the great luxury candles were and show you the tallow dipping process. Other old chores requiring a steady fire will also be discussed. Visiting children can help. Tours available.

Saturday, October 7—The Revolution Through the Eyes of a United States Cavalryman

At 1 p.m., Salvatore F. Tarantino will trace the first commissioned cavalry, Sheldon's Horse, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons from their inception in 1776, at the request of General Washington, through their various battles in our war for independence. He will draw from first hand accounts to recruit the Dragoons training, deployment, staff, uniforms, gear and weapons. Many of these will be on hand for you to examine. Patriots, draw near, for Sal has no peer in telling the story. Hearth popped corn available. Homestead open until 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 21—A Tale of Three Windhams

At 1 p.m. Angela Fichter and Jean Wierzbinski will speak on Elizabeth Shaw, a young and unwed mid-eighteenth century woman who had to hide her pregnancy. She lived in the Second society of Windham, in Hampton. Legend tells us that her newborn was found dead in the Cohantic Ledges. Huntington Homested in the Third society of Windham is where she was taken to be presided over by Nathaniel Huntington, Justice of the Peace. Because her charges were found to be serious, the young lady was then taken to Windham Center. Colonial Connecticut history is revealed in this horrific but true tale.

Saturday, November 4—A Colonial Connecticut Thanksgiving, 1786

Governor Samuel Huntington's 1786 Thanksgiving proclamation states that the day be observed with praise, prayer, and "the voice of melody." Come back to the Third society of Windham where "no servile labour may be performed this day." "Mehetabel" will discuss traditional food dishes as the family partake of their period meal which includes Pompion Pie. A common wedding ceremony is possible, a needy neighbor may come calling for flour, and a weary traveller might need a meal! Harness your coursers and maybe even hitch your sleigh!

Saturday, November 25—A Special Children's Program, 1–3 p.m.

Young people can make an old-fashioned gingerbread house using gingerbread made from scratch and traditional royal icing. Wall and roof pieces are pre-baked. Decorate with olden day candies. Prepare your masterpiece in front of the fire, sipping real hot cocoa from Grandmother's day! Ages 8–14, preregister by Nov. 18 to Tina (860) 377-3252. $13 per child, $10 members. Limit 6. (Kitchen fundraiser.)

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The Huntington Homestead is owned and operated by the Governor Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 231, Scotland, CT 06264. A non-profit corporation formed in 1994, the Trust is authorized by the IRS to receive tax-exempt contributions. This site has been made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati.
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